The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Ayr art exhibition raises funds for Save the Children

The 22nd annual Art Exhibition at the Maclaurin Galleries in Ayr in aid of Save the Children has been hailed as a great success, and raised almost £40,000 for the charity,

For the second year running, the exhibition was jointly sponsored by Ayr-based Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors and Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors managing partner Norman Geddes (pictured above) said: “We are delighted once again this year to take this opportunity to support such a worthy cause as Save the Children, and to be involved in such a memorable and enjoyable event.”

Sinclair Scott partner Andrew Sinclair said: “I cannot think of a more worthwhile charity to support. Save the Children Ayr and District Branch have an outstanding record of raising funds, and everyone at Sinclair Scott is thrilled to assist them with their fundraising efforts. Once again, the 2015 exhibition was an outstanding success.”

The exhibition, organised by Save the Children’s fundraising volunteers, is held at the Maclaurin Galleries in Ayr, and has raised almost £500,000 in the two decades it’s been running – enough to train more than 5,250 midwives or build 800 classrooms in poorer countries.

The exhibition, where original works of art are available to buy from as little as £60 has continued to grow every year, and what started as a four-day exhibition showcasing local artists’ work in 1993, now runs for four weeks and is one of the highlights of the gallery’s programme. Work from well-known Scottish artists including Peter Howson, Helen Turner, Marie Aitken, Peter Foyle and Lin Pattullo, to name but a few, has been exhibited and sold in previous years.

A spokesperson for Save the Children said: “The exhibition has continued to grow every year, and it has become a really popular event. People travel from all over the country to attend and buy original art at an affordable price.

“We’re extremely grateful to the artists who have been so generous by donating pieces from their collections over the years.

“We would also like to thank Frazer Coogans and Sinclair Scott for sponsoring the event for a second year, and the Maclaurin Galleries for their continued support and assistance, without which, the exhibition would not be the successful event it is today.”

The money raised from the exhibition goes towards helping vulnerable children around the world as well as in Scotland and across the UK.

Both Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors and Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Spectacular outdoor photography exhibition opens at Rozelle

Over 100 stunning images of the country’s wildlife and nature have just been unveiled at Rozelle in Ayr and this amazing outdoor exhibition is open to the public for free.

Officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop as part of the Place Partnership launch, the 2020VISION exhibition is supported by South Ayrshire Council and showcases the work of 20 of the UK’s top nature photographers in an outdoor setting.

This is the first time, these photographers, along with filmmakers, have come together to tell an inspirational story about our ecosystems and the services they provide, such as clean water, fresh air and productive soils.

The images were captured over 20 months by leading nature and wildlife photographers, including Scottish snappers Lorne Gill, Peter Cairns and Mark Hamblin.

The magnificent photography is only part of the 2020VISION line-up, as the Council is delivering a programme of themed events and workshops - including expert led walks and talks and nature based arts and crafts. There is also a family fun weekend in mid-November which involves flower making, story sticks, masks, satellite dish fires…. all centered around an authentic yurt.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that everyone in Scotland can access, enjoy and participate in cultural activity - not just for enjoyment but also for the clear economic and social benefits this brings.”

Cllr Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This is a marvelous outdoor exhibition; the photos are outstanding but also tell the story of how local habitats support us all in our daily lives, providing everything from places to play, to the food we eat. This is an important environmental message and fits with the Council’s strategic objectives to be sustainable. The 2020VISION exhibition is an ambitious natural photography project and I am sure it will be a big hit with park visitors this autumn.

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: “This exhibition captures amazing natural wonders but also manages to communicate the fragile existence of our environment. Some of the workshops highlight the issue of climate change and what we can all do to protect South Ayrshire for future generations. I would encourage everyone to go along to the free exhibition, you will be amazed and you will learn something too.”

The free exhibition will remain in place at Rozelle, Ayr until 17 December, and can be found at the rear of Rozelle House, by the outside patio of the Tea Rooms. For more information on other events and activities supporting the 2020VISION exhibition CLICK HERE 

Rozelle and Galleries are open Mondays – Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12 noon to 5pm.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.